Can you stand ONE more Valentine dress?

I found another Valentine dress in my archived pictures, being modeled by Samantha…and funny thing is, it’s out of the very same fabric as yesterday’s dress. But it is completely different. Yesterday’s dress was made in 2008…

…and today’s dress is from 2009. Again, my pictures aren’t great at all… Samantha is leaning and there are those dreaded white flashes in the background again. Just look at the dress instead of my crummy pictures…and try not to think of her as wearing football shoulder pads. *sigh* She already had the widest shoulders of any of my dolls so WHY did I put her in something like this???

If you click on these pictures they WILL enlarge…

This was my story line for the dress…

Samantha was so thrilled when Aunt Cornelia and Uncle Gard gave her this big and beautiful stuffed dog for Valentine’s Day. They always gave her candy, but this year…Oh my, this was just too good to be true!!!

…and here is what I wrote about the dress…

Samantha is dressed in a sweet frock, that is typical of the early 1900’s. It is made from a pretty, pinkish-peach cotton with rows of flowers. The wide pleated, drop-waist skirt is joined to the bodice where just a few gathers are evident in the front. It closes in the back with snaps covered by tiny pink buttons. The white venise lace accents the front bodice and carries over onto the sleeves. Three tiny silk ribbon bows are tied and their ribbons hang down from the lace. A tiny pink heart ”brooch” is added at the neck.
A small stand collar is characteristic of this time in history. It is covered with the same gorgeous lace that is added just above the pleats.
The hair bow has a snap clip making it easy to put in Samantha’s hair.

Okay, so here goes…

I hope this isn’t too much pink for everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I did!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A Valentine Wish from Samantha…

I did get Molly’s slip made, but it’s 10 minutes until midnight and I need to go to bed… however Samantha stepped in and said she’d be glad to model the slip for me…What a sweetheart!

I used 2 layers of white dotted netting and 2 layers of pale pink netting for a sweet slip…sort of drop waisted…

It will hold out the regular skirts and do a fabulous job on the drop waisted dresses!

Linda also sent some pictures of her girls dressed up in their Valentine finery… You’ll enjoy looking at her pictures.

Here’s Betsy McCall and Ivy…and aren’t they sweet?

This is Susan(?) Ruthie and Molly… beautiful girls, Linda!

…and here are some more of her girls… don’t you love her little scenes she creates?

I also found some old Valentine pictures of my first Samantha doll in a dress that had a silly title… “Samantha in Hot Pink dress with 2 ribbons!” Kind of a goofy name but I guess it worked…it sold… I hope you enjoy these pictures… on my “broad shouldered” Samantha…

Oh…and have a VERY Happy Valentine’s Day today!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Just a “little bit” of Valentine sweetness…

Don’t get too excited over my title…! I wanted so badly to get Molly’s slip finished but that didn’t happen as I was working in “both” kitchens! I worked with my hubby in the church’s kitchen this morning and this afternoon and evening I was working in my kitchen putting together some treat bags for my mom to give out to the residents where she now lives…

Here’s a look at momma’s treat bags…we’ll pass them out tomorrow. I put together 65 of them, with candy, chocolate chip cookies and my mint cookie bark…

If you click on any picture, it will enlarge…

Here’s what it looked like at the church kitchen…It doesn’t look like anything has changed, but it has… my hubby only has one more outlet to put in and 2 to double check and “see where they go…” it’s a mystery he says!

This is the opposite wall… the cabinets were removed today…tomorrow I’ll start sanding the underside of the soffits… and then it will be almost time to put up the brick wall…

In other “news…” the “Ice Ghost” returned as we had melting of the ice, but it refroze… and Reuben wasn’t the least bit interested in it this time around the house.

In the middle of all this “icky-ness” I’ve been showing you… how about something pretty? A few years back I participated in one of the Valentine Swaps on the Little Darlings doll forum… My gift was Over the Top from Susan Scribner… and I thought I’d share it with you… My pictures aren’t the greatest, but you’ll still love it! I received everything you see in that sweet pink case… Isabelle was my only Little Darling at the time, so she graciously modeled it for me…

(sorry, my pictures below won’t enlarge… you’ll just have to look closely…)

It was all for my doll, except I received some chocolate too! :o)

I hope you enjoyed seeing those pictures. I don’t think I’ve ever shared them except when I posted what I had received on the forum years ago.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Ahhhh… time in my sewing room!

My hubby helped someone put in a gas fireplace today so I stayed home and sewed! YAY! I got some done, but it’s kind of like the electrical work my hubby was doing down in the basement a few days ago. His work won’t be seen, but it’s necessary for things to be right upstairs. I did all the handsewing, the snaps were sewn on, the buttons were decorated, the hem was handstitched, and everything inside was tacked down. It’s all the stuff that doesn’t show but is necessary for my dresses to suit me! :o)

I tried to make the dress sleeveless, but the pattern I used had too big of an armhole opening, so I ended up putting a little short puffed sleeve in.

I had decided to make the jacket separate, as many of you suggested, but now the jacket won’t work very well, with the puffed sleeve, so I’m going to give a lacey vest a try.

Somehow I lost my full length picture of the dress, so the half pictures will have to do. The skirt is nice and full and I added a piece of the vintage eyelet lace I was blessed with a little while back.

The back of the dress has pink buttons and they are sewn on using my “flower” way… I love it when I can add these on a dress. Snaps are hidden underneath.

Yay! I’m going to have a dress ready for Easter fairly soon! I can hardly believe it! Still lots to do, but I’m getting there!

Have a wonderful weekend,
See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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